Romance Roundup: Most Romantic Hotels in New York
For couples seeking divine dining, sumptuous hotels, and enriching activities, few cities deliver quite like New York.
Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day staycation, an anniversary celebration, or simply a weekend away with your partner, our roundup of some of the most romantic hotels in New York City serves to inspire your next check-in. With top picks spread across uptown, midtown, and downtown, you have ample opportunity to explore nearby museums, galleries, shopping, and of course, the most coveted restaurants.
The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel
Long before “Always at The Carlyle” was a film, it was a phrase that could be said about those within the SmartFlyer community. We just can’t seem to pull ourselves away from this stylish spot. When it comes to Upper East Side institutions, few carry the clout and exude timeless sophistication quite like The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel which debuted in 1930. The property is known for its intuitive service; and as a result, acts as a home away from home for world leaders, celebrities, and repeat guests who value their privacy above all else. There are several nods to notable writers, artists, and musicians throughout the hotel, beginning with its name: British essayist Thomas Carlyle is the personality who inspired the name of the property. While the recent renovation to the property promises that all rooms and suites are supremely fresh, we are partial to the Empire Suite for its blurring of the lines between hotel and residence, offering 2,600 square feet of space and unobstructed views of Central Park.
For hotel guests and New Yorkers alike, the distinctive dining experiences available across the hotel’s lively venues beckon. Dowling’s at The Carlyle celebrates a new era of New York fine dining under the helm of Executive Chef Sylvain Delpique, formerly of 21 Club. For traditional afternoon tea – and exceptional people-watching – look no further than The Carlyle. But if you’re sinking into a stay with your partner and really want to soak up the fun offered by one of the most romantic hotels in New York, then consider either Café Carlyle or the storied Bemelmans Bar. Initially opened in 1955, Café Carlyle offers a classic cabaret experience with modern-day acts ranging from Isaac Mizrahi to Rita Wilson. But perhaps our most beloved experience on property unfolds at Bemelmans Bar beneath the whimsical illustrations of Ludwig Bemelman – the artist best remembered for Madeline. Here, you can sip on a martini with your chilled sidecar while listening to Earl Rose or Loston Harris serenade the buzzing room.
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A bit further south on East Sixty-Third Street between Park and Madison Avenues lies The Lowell Hotel. Nearly one hundred years old, the property has remained a pillar of tradition since opening its doors in 1927. From the moment you walk in, you can feel that the hotel is not just owned by a family (we’ll get to that), but run by one, too. Many of The Lowell team members – from the doorman who greets you with a knowing smile to the housekeeping attendant who remembers how returning guests like their suites serviced–have been on property for decades. But perhaps the hotel’s ultimate secret weapon is its female ownership. Dina De Luca Chartouni has made her home on the Upper East Side not too far from the property, and under her guidance ensures its timeless sophistication that echoes throughout all of the property’s communal and private spaces.
With florals thoughtfully arranged by The Lowell’s in-house team, guests can expect to be delighted by beautifully fragrant blooms at every turn. For a truly exceptionally romantic touch (think: anything from a specific bouquet in the room all the way to one thousand long-stemmed roses laid out upon arrival), work with your SmartFlyer advisor to liaise with the property to arrange for a special delivery. As one of the most romantic hotels in New York, The Lowell leans on the charms of its residential-feeling rooms and suites, no matter which room category you’re in. But for the ultimate stay, we recommend securing a suite with a fireplace and balcony. By night, your Fireplace Butler will ensure the fire is roaring before setting you. And by morning, luxuriate in the sweeping views of Manhattan while enjoying a breakfast of eggs and Osetra caviar. Consider concluding your stay with a dinner at the hotel’s renowned restaurant, Majorelle, which boasts a menu of French classics with Mediterranean influences in a whimsical space.
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Aman New York
Perhaps the most buzzed-about new hotel to hit New York in a decade, Aman New York made its debut in August 2022 to fanatical fanfare. The property has lived up to the hype and then some as the second urban sanctuary for Aman. Located on the corner of 57th Street and 5th Avenue, the iconic Crown Building – formerly home to MoMA, Dior, and even Playboy offices – underwent a meticulous, multi-year renovation as a part of its thoughtful revitalization. Designer Jean Michel Gathy brought in his East meet West approach intrinsic to the Aman brand which can be found cohesively across the dining outlets, outdoor spaces, spas, and all suites. But what makes this freshly opened property truly a perfect fit for our list of most romantic hotels in New York is its discerning privacy. Currently, all dining outlets – with the exception of the Jazz Club – are exclusively open to guests and members of the Aman Club. So, you and your loved one can surely sink into this haven in complete seclusion.
For Aman junkies, the brand’s spa experience is a pillar in its promise to help guests seek peace, and seclusion, as well as find an appreciation of beauty in all its forms. The New York outpost represents an embodiment of this approach to well-being with three entire floors dedicated to wellness and longevity in its new flagship for the Western Hemisphere. If you and your partner are on a journey to elevate your health together, consider booking a half or even full day in Aman New York’s one-of-a-kind Spa Houses. The Banya House is a favorite, comprised of a wood-clad sauna with its own double-treatment room, a spacious living area with a fireplace, a spacious outdoor terrace with a hot tub, and a cold plunge pool covered by a canopy for year-round use. Alternatively, opt for the Hammam Spa House for a steam room with marble walls and a heated marble treatment table. Your private hire experience in either Spa House includes customized treatments and access to all spa facilities before you retire to a night at Nama for the highest-quality Japanese fare imaginable.
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Baccarat Hotel New York
Located directly across the street from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Baccarat Hotel New York was the first hotel venture by the team behind the legendary crystal brand. From the moment you walk through its mirrored hallways and step into the elevators at Baccarat Hotel New York, you’ll be delighted by the combination of noble French heritage and unexpected magic. For a romantic stay, the fanciful Grand Salon is the perfect place to kick off your stay with some bubbles, or, if it suits, the “Crystal Tea” experience. This first-of-its-kind afternoon tea offering includes caviar, lobster, truffles, and more presented on Baccarat crystal with Cristal champagne. As a memento to relish the memories made, the tea experience includes a Baccarat’s Faunacrystopolis Harcourt Tea Set as a takeaway gift. Once you pull yourself away from the artfully adorned Grand Salon (tip: don’t dare venture to the bar before going to your suite, or you may never leave!) make your way to one of the property’s exquisitely appointed guest rooms and suites. You’ll barely need to lift a finger once checked in unless, of course, it’s to press your “champagne button” on the phone.
If you’re keen on a spa treatment or two, then the subterranean Spa de la Mer helps you recall luxurious moments by the sea. After your treatment using La Mer products, lounge on one of the canopied day beds beside the 50-foot swimming pool. Your post-dinner nightcap will likely find you cozied up at “The Bar.” This buzzy spot gleans design inspiration from great American long bars of decades past combined with the royal stables at Versailles with a modern twist, as seen in its modern art decorating the vaulted walls. But it’s not just about admiring the art and fellow patrons here, the cocktails are in a league of their own. We recommend ordering their iconic “Baccarat Rouge” made with Clase Azul Plata Tequila, passionfruit, allspice Dram, Cardamaro, lime, and, Baccarat Blend Tea, all cooled down by a hibiscus ice cube.
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The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
When an out-of-towner asks “where should I stay in New York that’s central?” New Yorkers can’t help but respond with a chuckle. In a city as spread out as ours, the “center” is what you make it. But for the traveler seeking a location on Fifth Avenue with easy access to get either up or downtown, we always come back to The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue. The property’s residentially-inspired aesthetic is enhanced by its multi-million dollar permanent art collection featuring the works of Alex Katz. For those seeking oversized accommodations, it Presidential Suite and two penthouses were thoughtfully designed by French retailer Roche Bobois.
For couples seeking a romantic stay, The Langham will have you feeling like you’re in the middle of a rom-com as you wake up to sweeping views of the Empire State Building so long as you work with your SmartFlyer advisor to secure a south-facing suite. Enhance your escape by indulging in their Champagne Cart; this fun activation will have you served up with bubbly, roses, and sweet treats. For dinner, consider dining at Ai Fiori for a modern interpretation of French and Italian Riviera cuisine conveniently located on the hotel’s second floor.
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St. Regis New York
Hotels positioned within proximity to Billionaires’ Row – that is, some of the most expensive real estate in the world – have long vied for the business of Manhattan’s business and leisure travelers. But few have the cult following and repeat Rolodex of the St. Regis New York, a historic hotel dating back to 1904. For more than one hundred years, the hotel has infused timeless elegance across its classic public spaces, including Nat King Cole Bar and designer suites. Distinctive in décor, the Caroline Asor Suite, Dior Suite, Milano Suite, and Bentley Suite each boast a uniquely lavish flair perfect for a romantic stay. You’ll barely need to lift a finger here thanks to the famous St. Regis Butler Service, dating back to John Jacob Astor’s vision to create “the finest hotel in the world.”
Not only are you being serviced by your personal butler as a guest, but champagne sabering – one of St. Regis’ most treasured rituals – may also catch you by surprise. But we don’t just mean watching a bottle be dramatically broken open, we suggest doing it yourself! For a more active date, couples should consider a private “sabrage masterclass” where you’ll learn the art of sabrage through a half-hour lesson. Afterward, reward yourself for your hard work by polishing off a Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label and canapés for two. If afternoon tea is more your thing, that can be arranged right in Astor Court. Should you wish to go off-property for dinner, conveniently, The Polo Bar: Ralph Lauren Restaurant is located directly across from the entrance to the hotel.
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Four Seasons New York Downtown
For New York residents and out-of-towners alike, there are few addresses that initiate one into “The Art of Living” quite like Four Seasons New York Downtown. The discerning team behind this Tribeca gem acts as guests’ guide to a life well-lived; their curated recommendations extend to trendy galleries, boutiques, bars, and fitness studios alike. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – because as much as you’re able to immerse yourself into the heartbeat of downtown New York City with a stay here, you also never need to leave. Accommodations are stylishly appointed with all the creature comforts you’ve come to expect from Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, right down to their velour jacquard cotton robe to cozy up in before sinking into their iconic beds. But if you’re willing to venture beyond the haven of your suite, expect the unexpected.
Four Seasons New York Downtown approaches wellness holistically, with a world-class spa further establishing its foothold as one of the most romantic hotels in New York. Located nearby the property’s naturally lit seventy-five-foot heated indoor lap pool, your journey here is customizable from the moment you enter the award-winning facility. Your welcome ritual can begin with either a wellness juice or poolside champagne depending upon your mood. Pair treatments with the spa’s infrared sauna and eucalyptus steam room. If you’re up for it, explore the spa’s signature meditation audio. For the ultimate romantic experience, the spa’s couple’s suite creates an intimate setting for two with dimmed lighting, soothing décor, and a menu of experiences looked after by the property’s dedicated Director of Spa and Wellness. Upon the conclusion of your treatment, check out The Edit within the spa’s boutique. This pop-up experience rotates its collection of designers every few months, with recent focuses including Black-owned businesses and women-led designers.
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Hotel Barriere Fouquet’s New York
Aside from perhaps the Arc de Triomphe herself, few landmarks are more memorable along the Champs-Élysées than Barrière Fouquet’s red awning. But did you know that the brand has brought its chic Parisien style to the streets of Tribeca? Hotel Barriere Fouquet’s New York casts its spell on the neighborhood with its subtle, art deco-inspired design throughout its public and private spaces. From the moment you step foot into the lobby, there is eye candy aplenty, from one-of-a-kind artwork by Israeli artist Nir Hod featured behind the hotel’s lobby desk to unique crystal embellished Chanel bags on display and available for purchase.
With drapes of red velvet and rooms punctuated by pastel wallpaper custom designed by Schumacher Hospitality, few color schemes ring more romantic. But it’s not just the French panache that makes Hotel Barrière Fouquet’s New York one of the most romantic hotels in New York; its spa and on-property cinema only enhance the allure of this spot for a couple’s escape. Opt for a film screening in the Martin Brudnizki-designed theatre, or, book a relaxing spa treatment in the couple’s treatment room in Spa Diane Barrière to escape from the city. The spa’s partnership with Biologique Recherche, a cult skincare brand based in Paris, ensures they can personalize each treatment to guests’ specific needs. Cap off your session with a dip in the hydrotherapy pool for ultimate relaxation.
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Sister hotel to Hollywood’s famed Chateau Marmont, The Mercer exudes New York elegance and subtly. This Soho address is the perfect residential-feeling escape for the couple who wants to sink into the proximity to prime downtown shopping, restaurants, and galleries. When guests return to their loft-style home base each night – situated in a landmark Romanesque revival building – they are sure to feel an impeccable level of service from this boutique property’s team. From the front desk to the concierge and beyond, The Mercer’s all-encompassing philosophy of distinction extends to every detail.
The Mercer Hotel’s focus on homey interiors outfitted with residential elements abound (think: a sleek library of books and movies) will have you feeling like you’re living out your SoHo loft dreams. With less than seventy-five rooms and suites, the property maintains its boutique feel pioneered by SoHo’s once-abandoned artists’ warehouses. To maintain that essence, the hotel remains one of New York’s few that boasts hardwood floors. Couples shouldn’t miss a dining experience at Fanelli Cafe, located directly across the street, or, for more elevated fare, look just opposite the street towards Lure Fishbar. Everything truly is at your fingertips when staying at The Mercer.
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Soho Grand Hotel
For the on-the-cultural-pulse couple who wants to feel like they’re in the heart of the downtown mix, Soho Grand Hotel is your gateway to all things quintessentially cool. The property was the first large hotel to open in SoHo back in 1996, and in ensuing decades wove its identity around its downtown address. Walking into Soho Grand Hotel, rest assured that you’re about to hang your hat amongst other seasoned and sophisticated travelers. Each room and suite has its own flair, with higher room categories like the Grand Terrace Suite offering a large outdoor space. For the ultimate romantic stay, work with your SmartFlyer travel advisor to utilize the outdoor space overlooking Manhattan for an intimate marriage ceremony or vow renewal, like our very own Barrett Hollo (pictured below) did this past year.
Conveniently if you’re in the celebratory spirit, you don’t even have to leave the property to get a taste of the city’s best entertainment as a guest of Soho Grand Hotel. Whether you opt for the buzzy Grand Bar & Salon – which comes alive by nightfall with a DJ – or perhaps the glamorous Club Room, there’s always a place for anyone to catch a vibe. For live jazz, Django is located in the cellar of Soho Grand’s sister hotel, The Roxy, and ensures a lively end (or start, if that’s more your speed) night. For something more chill, opt for a screening at the adjacent Roxy Cinema, an Art Deco-inspired theatre running independent films complete with gourmet concessions for the ultimate date night.
Inspired? Contact your SmartFlyer advisor to begin planning your next romantic NYC getaway.